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    quite a few vs many

    He is the manging director of quite a few companies. or

    He is the managing director of many companies. Which is more proper?

    Bulk of this is supposed to be short-term credit to finance working capital needs of/for producers, wholesalers etc., Why of or for?

    Please help me in understanding the right alternative in both the above two cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    He is the manging director of quite a few companies. or

    He is the managing director of many companies. Which is more proper?

    Bulk of this is supposed to be short-term credit to finance working capital needs of/for producers, wholesalers etc., Why of or for?

    Please help me in understanding the right alternative in both the above two cases.

    Thanks,
    Kiran
    Quite a few is an idiom which means: An indefinite and somewhat large number; more than a few. Example: We watched quite a few of the World Cup matches on TV.
    A person can not fuction as managing director of a large number of companies. One can be director in quite a few companies. Even many is also indicative of large number. The proper is; He is the managing director of a few companies.

    In the sentence, "of" is appropriate because, it is intended to finance working capital needs of producers,( working capital needs possessed/belonging to producers) You can say: to finance working capital needs for production. (For the purpose of production)
    Last edited by sarat_106; 27-Aug-2009 at 09:02.


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    Re: quite a few vs many

    I still don't understand the difference between "many" and "quite a few". Could you explain it for me?

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    Re: quite a few vs many

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    I still don't understand the difference between "many" and "quite a few". Could you explain it for me?
    There is no difference in meaning between "many; quite a few; a lot of etc.


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    Re: quite a few vs many

    Definition of few, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free American English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    quite a few
    a fairly large number of people or things
    The letter arrived quite a few days ago.


    Does the sentence become awkward if quite a few is changed into "many"?

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    Re: quite a few vs many

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Definition of few, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free American English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    quite a few
    a fairly large number of people or things
    The letter arrived quite a few days ago.


    Does the sentence become awkward if quite a few is changed into "many"?
    It's ok, a bit formal perhaps.


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    Re: quite a few vs many

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    I still don't understand the difference between "many" and "quite a few". Could you explain it for me?
    To me, "many" is used to signify a relatively greater quantity than "quite a few".

    There are many ducks on the pond.


    There are quite a few ducks on the pond.


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    Re: quite a few vs many

    PROESL:
    How many facial icons do you give to "a large number of"?

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    Re: quite a few vs many

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    PROESL:
    How many facial icons do you give to "a large number of"?
    Good question!

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    #10

    Re: quite a few vs many

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is no difference in meaning between "many; quite a few; a lot of etc.
    Agreed.

    quite a few; quite a bit; quite a number

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